21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers

Help me – I’m photographing my first Wedding!… Help me with some Wedding Photography Tips Please!”

It’s a question that’s been asked a few times in our forums over the last few months so while I’m not a Pro Wedding Photographer I thought it was time to share a few tips on the topic of Wedding Photography.

I’ll leave the technical tips of photographing a wedding to the pros – but as someone who has been asked to photograph numerous friends and family weddings – here are a few suggestions.

April 22, 2017 by Enrique Lara

Tips From a Pro: Shooting Swimming from Underwater

Photographer Marcus Swanson shares his tricks for photographing Olympic swimmers

Compared with basketball or football, and their constant possibilities for visual drama, swimming doesn’t really lend itself to photography from the sidelines. The athletes are submerged, usually face down, and all you see are arms and legs in a pool of splashing water. The best place to shoot this sport from is underwater, and that is where the fun begins for Portland, OR, photographer Marcus Swanson.

How To Get A Photo Pass for Concerts

Published by Brad Moore

“How do I get a photo pass for concerts?” This is the question I get asked most often, and it was a question I myself asked a just few years ago. Once I had the answer, I had a front row seat to just about any concert I wanted to see.

Here is the key… You’ve gotta be shooting for someone. That someone could be a newspaper, magazine, website, the venue, the artist, the promoter, a radio station, an instrument company, and the list goes on. But that’s going to be the first question you get asked when you request a photo pass. Who are you shooting for?

An Introduction to Boudoir Photography

Communication is key for great boudoir photography

Portrait photography can be extremely challenging, even when everyone involved is fully clothed, but bringing things into the boudoir can be an entirely different challenge. We asked boudoir photographer Myla González of Cheeky Boudoir in upstate New York to share some of her tips for getting started.

April 17, 2017 by Enrique Lara

Capturing Love:

Posing Ideas for Incredible Couples Photography

Did you know that “nearly 40% of engagements occur between November and February”? Neither did we. Valentine’s Day marks the end of engagement season and since the weather is warming up I put together a gallery of some key poses and tips to prepare you for your next couples photo shoot.

When preparing for a photoshoot, it’s easy to get caught up making sure your gear is good to go and connecting with your clients, but one thing you don’t want to overlook is how to pose your couple. Awkward body language and posing are nearly impossible to fix in post-production.

4 Fantastic Portrait Tutorials:

Tips & Tricks for Better Photos

Learning to photograph people is a rite of passage for any photographer. When it comes to portrait photography, there’s so much to consider: lighting, posing, hair & make-up… not to mention post-production retouching. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, these four tutorials will help you develop your portrait photography skills:

  1. How To Shoot Dreamy Backlit Portraits With Natural Light

Portrait photographer Lisa Holloway is known for her photos of children full of emotion and gorgeous natural light. Learn her tricks for photographing kids using sunshine as your light source.

April 13, 2017 by Enrique Lara

12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Your First Wedding Photography Job

Before you take the plunge into wedding photography, here are some important things to consider

Are my skills ready for this?

This should be the most obvious one, but it can also be the most challenging to face. You may know your camera like the back of your hand, but there are a variety of other skills required to pull off a wedding. A large part of the day centers around figuring out logistics, scheduling, and a million other things that have nothing to do with f-stops or shutter speeds.

How to Get Started with Split Color Portrait Lighting

by Blair Bunting

There is a progression that takes place in the journey that is our lighting knowledge. At first it is learning the ways of ambient light (read: I don’t want to buy a flash). As our career progresses we decide to buy our first flash and throw that sucker straight on the camera, only to question why the shadows on faces are gone… along with the artistic merit. Soon after that we discover a site like Strobist and point the flash at the ceiling and realize our first “Eureka” moment as a photographer. From there we buy our first off camera strobes and it is all downhill…

5 Tips to Stage a Room for the Perfect Portrait Session

by Kaitlin Krull

Finding the perfect location for a photo shoot can be tricky. Budget constraints, lighting issues, and space can complicate the selection process and make your portrait session less than stellar. This step-by-step tutorial will help you stage a room in your home to create the perfect portrait session.

  1. Choose your portrait style

The first step in creating a pop-up portrait studio in your home is to determine your personal portrait style. The style you choose will affect the rest of your setup process, so first decide whether you want a formal school or mall portrait with a clean backdrop, a candid Annie Leibovitz-style session, or something in between. Your style will vary according to your professional photography preferences, but it’s a good idea to take your surroundings into account, as well as the attitudes and styles of the people you’ll be photographing…

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April 09, 2017 by Enrique Lara

Consumer Reports Doesn’t Understand Why Wedding Photography Costs More

Wedding photography costs more than other types of photography believe it or not

“Weddings are expensive” is a pretty popular topic for articles on the internet, and now Consumer Reports is getting in on the action by “revealing” that wedding photography costs more than other kinds of photography. The premise of the article lies heavily on the fact that it’s simply a markup that gets applied as soon as the word “wedding” is uttered, but there’s more to it than that when it comes to photography, so let’s clear a few things up.